A new year is upon us, and it is time to get back to work. We are hosting our first House Party of 2010 and it should be a good one.Please allow a moment for the live feed player to load below:
We will focus on building the emerging Media Rapid Response Action Team, which will counter lies and distortions in the media about the President and his policy agenda. We will hear from exciting speakers including Yvette Lewis, Jon Randall and Jeremy Koulish, Executive Director of Carrots and Sticks who will update us on the Green Bank campaign.
Jeremy Koulish from Carrots and Sticks is going to speak today on the Green Bank.
America currently faces a dual economic and ecological crisis. The challenges of global competition and the looming climate crisis have taught us that the old 20th-century economic model built upon dirty industry cannot succeed moving forward; we must rebuild the nation's economic backbone with 21st-century technology and a clean energy infrastructure. Yet the federal government has remained stuck in the old ways of doing business - they have, to this point, woefully underfunded clean energy investment and forward-looking job creation measures.
Thankfully, there is a policy measure that can help fix both of these problems. Rep. Chris Van Hollen has proposed the creation of a Green Bank (H.R. 1698) that would sell government bonds and use the proceeds to provide loans for essential clean energy R&D, transmission and deployment and energy efficiency projects.